By Bernard J. Shapiro

Recently The Freeman Center hosted an Emergency Manhigut Meeting with Moshe Feiglin and Shmuel Sackett. I was inspired by their faith in the future of Israel despite all the horrendous news, political and diplomatic developments. To most of us the situation seems to be HOPELESS and we are entering a period of depression, anxiety and fear for Eretz Yisrael (Land of Israel) and Am Yisrael (the People of Israel).

Feiglin believed the only answer was a New Jewish Leadership in Israel, even if it took a decade to achieve it. I agree very much in the need for a new for a New Jewish Leadership but worry profoundly about Israel's ability to prevent a marked deterioration in its political and security situation in the next decade UNLESS SOMETHING IS DONE RIGHT NOW!


1. Sackett, who has a great sense of humor despite very difficult circumstances told me a wonderful story about the Jews of Chelm:

"It seems that the simple villagers of Chelm had a serious problem. There was a big hole in the bridge that spanned a river connecting two parts of their village. The Chelmites kept falling through the hole and suffering painful injuries and deaths on the rocky banks of the river below. So they went to their Rabbi and asked him to use his wisdom and come up with a solution to the problem.

The Rabbi thought for a great while and then announced his decision to his congregation. Chelm would build hospitals and emergency centers under the bridge so that those that fall through could receive the best and fastest medical care. Of course, the Chelmites recognized the Rabbi's great wisdom and proceeded to build the medial facilities."

What do we learn from this story? Instead of fixing the hole in the bridge to stop the villagers from falling and hurting themselves, they built facilities to treat the injured. And today the Government of Israel, lead by PM Ariel Sharon, keep negotiating with terrorists INSTEAD of wiping out terrorism. They keep alive the FALSE HOPE OF PEACE, instead of telling the Israeli people the TRUTH about the true goals of thbold> always leads to a more aggressive enemy. Why hasn't Sharon properly labeled the Arabs as enemies?

3. When he took office in 2001, Sharon said that Israel would NOT be Czechoslovakia (circa Munich 1938). There was outrage at his statement by both Jewish leaders and US government figures. Guess what, it is HAPPENING! We must remember that the European powers decided the fate of the Czechs WITHOUT THEIR CONSENT. Israel seems to be participating in a repeat of Munich with the Quartet. As Santayana said correctly: "Those that do not learn from history are condemned to repeat it."

4. Israel has lost its Zionist ideology (of course, I mean the Left and the leadership of Israel) that built the country between 1880-1987. History is being re-written by Arabs AND Jews that see no justice in the revival of Jewish sovereignty in Eretz Yisrael.

5. Many are confused by the so-called conflict between Israel being a Jewish State and a Democratic State. In fact there is no conflict. The Jewishness of Israel is primary and its government should be democratic among its Jewish population plus others loyal to the country like Druze and Christians. Nothing in any democratic country in the world guarantees that those who wish it to destroyed should be allowed to carry out their goal through manipulation of democracy.

That's all for now.

With Love of Israel (or what's left of it if Sharon has his way),

Bernard J. Shapiro, Executive Director and Editor

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